20 abril 2009

y Chesterton al hilo de lo que decíamos

De un libro de Chesterton, "El color de España", os pego estas letras que me han parecido interesantes y que vienen un poco a juego con el post anterior. Son del artículo: El Rey Jorge V

“Y lo que más daño ha hecho al gobierno moderno es cierta cualidad que raras veces se menciona, aunque yo sí creo haberla señalado alguna vez, pues ciertamente se trata de algo muy serio. Se trata de la pérdida del viejo ideal que asociaba el amor por la libertad con el desprecio del lujo. Los primeros y mejores idealistas democráticos fueron siempre tajantes en ello. Exigieron que el senador republicano mostrara una republicana austeridad, pues precisamente eso era lo que había de distinguir al senador del cortesano y del afeminamiento de la corta.

[...]El recelo popular que tanto daño hace al gobierno popular de hoy en día se halla directamente relacionado con esa desaforada búsqueda del placer. Y se trata de un recelo no sólo hacia la riqueza, sino especialmente al derroche de la riqueza. Es casi la sospecha de que casi cualquier cosa puede convertirse en una escalera para acceder a la vida del rico, e incluso en un ataque contra el rico. Un buen amigo expresó esta misma idea, con motivo de unas elecciones políticas, hace ya mucho tiempo en unos versos que confío en que al lector le sean familiares:

El maligno poder, sostén de privilegios
The evil power that buttressed privilege
Rodeado de naipes, mujeres y champaña
And went with women and champagne and bridge,
Cayó y la democracia ahora ocupa su trono
Broke, and Democracy resumed her reign
Rodeada de naipes, mujeres y champaña.
Wich went with bridge, and women and champagne.

17 comentarios:

GKCh dijo...

Hola, Ric.

¡Me alegro muchísimo de que hayas vuelto! Aunque me malicio que volverás a desaparecer, como los ojos del Guadiana. Claro, ayer estuviste viendo a tu Betis y entre eso, la Semana Santa, los toros, la Feria de Abril... pues ¿cómo vas a ocuparte de tu blog? En Sevilla, ¿cuándo no es fiesta? Por cierto, conste que yo he estado preguntando por ti varias veces. Ayer mismo, si no recuerdo mal me pasé por tu blog para ver si habías aparecido, aunque fuera en los comentarios...

Bueno, bromas aparte, ya sabes lo de los premios, así que pásate por ca'HilarioGilbertoyFrancisca cuando quieras, tómate una copita y llévate el que gustes.

La cita de Chesterton es muy oportuna y complementa muy bien tu escrito anterior sobre ricos, pobres, o ni ricos ni pobres, sino todo lo contrario. Lo más revelador, esta vez, que San Chesterton me perdone, me han parecido los versos que inserta y no son suyos: al final, la vida sigue igual, entre naipes, mujeres y champán.

Que me alegro de leerte y ojalá pudieras pasarte más a menudo. Sé de tu circunstancia, así que no hay nada más que explicar.

Un fuerte abrazo, con afecto

Gilbert Chesterton dijo...

Hola, Ric.

Bueno, me figuro que debes estar pasándotelo en grande: Feria de Abril, toros, el Barcelona que le mete 4 al Sevilla (viva er Betis, manque pierda), aunque eso perjudique al Madrid...

Así no hay quien te vea el pelo. A ver si te das un garbeo por la web, hombre. Manda webs...!

Cuídate mucho, eh.
Un fuerte abrazo, amigo

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Rictus Morte dijo...

Gracias Gilbert, como dijo Terminator: "volveré".

Zetapero, no solo de paro viven los blogs...

Un abrazo

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